The Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2018-57 today, which contains the 2019 cost-of-living adjustments for various employee benefit plans including employer sponsored health care flexible spending accounts, qualified transportation fringe benefits, and adoption assistance programs. The following provides a summary of the annual limits for these specific benefit programs along with a summary of the 2019 high deductible health plan and health savings accounts limits announced earlier this year.
Each of the limits described below are applicable for taxable years beginning in 2019. If you have any questions or need further details about the tax limits and how they will impact your employee benefit programs, please contact your account team.
Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts
Employees will be allowed to contribute up to $2,700 per plan year.
Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefit
The monthly dollar limit on employee contributions has increased to $265 per month for the value of transportation benefits provided to an employee for qualified parking. The combined transit pass and vanpooling expense limit will also increase to $265 per month.
Adoption Credit/Adoption Assistance Programs
In the case of an adoption of a child with special needs, the maximum credit allowed under Code Section 23 is increased to $14,080. The income threshold at which the credit begins to phase out is increased to $211,160. Similarly, the maximum amount that an employer can exclude under Code Section 137 from an employee’s income for adoption assistance benefits is increased to $14,080.
HDHP and Health Savings Account (HSA) Amounts
Earlier this year, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-30 which included the 2019 minimum deductible and maximum out-of-pocket limits for high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and the maximum contribution levels for HSAs.
- The minimum annual deductible for a plan to qualify as a HDHP will remain at $1,350 for self-only coverage and $2,700 for family coverage;
- The maximum annual out-of-pocket limits allowable under an HDHP will increase to $6,750 for self-only coverage and $13,500 for family coverage; and
- The 2018 maximum allowable annual contribution employees may make to their HSAs will increase to $3,500 for an individual with self-only coverage and increase to $7,000 for an individual with family coverage.
The HSA catch-up contribution limit for participants who are 55 or older on December 31, 2019, remains an additional $1,000 per year.